Definition of privacy in English:

privacy

noun

  • 1[mass noun] A state in which one is not observed or disturbed by other people:

    ‘she returned to the privacy of her own home’
    • ‘Personal privacy is respected and staring is discouraged, although eye contact is not avoided.’
    • ‘How much convenience and privacy are you willing to give up in return for a given increase in security?’
    • ‘The consideration to guests, comfort and privacy is on show everywhere you look.’
    • ‘Would this be in public, or could we just practise in the privacy of our living room?’
    • ‘Of late he lived a reserved life and enjoyed the privacy of his own home.’
    • ‘Test it by jumping up and down in the privacy of your dressing room!’
    • ‘Let this broken old man hobble off to the privacy of his own home.’
    • ‘This house seems ideal for a family looking for privacy or a bit of peace and quiet.’
    • ‘The only drawback is the loss of privacy to the rear by the addition of some new houses.’
    • ‘So, we'll leave the young lovers their peace and their privacy, for the time being at least.’
    • ‘It took me years to get over the first burglary, and now my home and privacy have been invaded again.’
    • ‘Even in the privacy of the bedroom, we kept safely to our sides.’
    • ‘The wall appeared completely black from the outside, allowing for a cheery atmosphere while ensuring complete privacy.’
    • ‘A sheet has been hung from the ceiling to ensure complete privacy.’
    • ‘Critics have charged that the program will give the defence department the power to invade personal privacy.’
    • ‘The house is set off the road and offers plenty of seclusion and privacy for its occupants.’
    • ‘The master was carried out and attended to in the privacy of his bedroom.’
    • ‘It can be a traumatic experience to have the privacy of your home invaded.’
    • ‘She feared the new houses on the school site would block light to her bungalow and invade her privacy.’
    • ‘To ensure daytime privacy for back seat passengers, the rear windows are dark tinted.’
    seclusion, privateness, solitude, isolation, retirement, peace, peace and quiet, peacefulness, quietness, lack of disturbance, lack of interruption, freedom from interference
    sequestration, reclusion
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    1. 1.1 The state of being free from public attention:
      ‘a law to restrict newspapers' freedom to invade people's privacy’
      • ‘She is not the first celebrity to exchange her privacy for publicity.’
      • ‘Of course, he is entitled to hide behind the cloak of privacy and not tell the public.’
      • ‘Many argue that they could amount to an invasion of personal privacy and free choice.’
      • ‘Their privacy should not be free from the scrutiny they seek to impose on others.’
      • ‘He said youngsters had complained that the cameras had invaded their privacy.’
      • ‘I would also ask you to respect my privacy at this point due to some public profile I have here in Europe.’
      • ‘Several examples exist where both business and government have violated consumer privacy for financial gains.’
      • ‘So I ask with love, that I be left in peace and privacy by people who love my records too.’
      • ‘Nurses will not have to protect patient privacy without a policy for support.’
      • ‘The authors wish to codify and clarify where privacy and free speech rights begin and end.’
      • ‘He is and has been, no matter how much publicity he has received, dedicated to his privacy.’
      • ‘The supermodel is one of many celebrities going public about their privacy rights.’
      • ‘Public figures are often the first to seek privacy protection under new regulations of speech.’
      • ‘The irony is that until the book, Keane rarely courted publicity and was famed for valuing his privacy.’
      • ‘He had then invaded the privacy of his neighbours by secretly filming women in their homes.’
      • ‘Public exposure has left her unable to say what privacy sounds like from the inside.’
      • ‘The star of the Alfie remake has attacked the tabloid press for invading his privacy.’
      • ‘Weren't journalists the people who invaded the privacy of your home?’
      • ‘Your privacy can already be invaded without your consent in the way that you suggest.’
      • ‘It must have given him a view, though, on matters of privacy for public figures.’

Pronunciation:

privacy

/ˈprɪvəsi/